Writer of Horror Fiction

Review of Todd Brown’s “Zomblog II”

Zomblog II slides the reader into the story started with Zomblog with ease, with a second character having taken up the challenge to provide a journal about the ongoing zombie apocalypse.  Meredith, who actually became the narrator perhaps halfway through the first book, continues to tell of her experiences as she moves from place to place and meets new survivors along the way, while trying her best to keep those she cares about alive.  I thought the way the author shifted perspectives was quite creative and surprising in the first book.  I won’t ruin the surprise here by giving away what happens in the second book, as I tend to prefer not to give away the overall plot.  So if you are expecting the same type of shakeup here, you will have to read the book for yourself to find out what happens to the main character and if they make it through to the end.
Zomblog II moves at the same breakneck pace as Zomblog did, but Todd Brown has upped the ante with even greater challenges and darker realities for the narrator of this tale to face as the initial days of the zombie apocalypse fade into the distance. The most compelling aspect of this book is the author’s willingness to show both the absolute best and worst aspects of humanity and keeping you glued to every page as the story unfolds.  Make no mistake, this is a gritty, raw tale that expects the reader to accept how depraved mankind can get when things go bad.  Certainly, there are those who retain elements of their humanity, but while living in barbaric, ugly times, the bad seems to shine through, and those that are willing to do anything are the ones who tend to survive.  Not that there aren’t good people still around, but even those people are forced to do questionable, brutal things, including the main character.  Perhaps the dark, dim nature of this tale might be too grim for some, and fair warning if you like coming out of a tale like this with a strong sense of hope.  There is perhaps some, but nothing that will reaffirm your faith in mankind, that is for sure.
Despite the fact that this is a diary approach to writing and there really isn’t dialog because of that, we are able to get to know Meredith and some of the key characters that surround her quite well and what drives and motivates them through her words and the emotions that resonate off her journal pages.  Meredith is a fleshed out, hard nosed character that keeps the story moving forward every step of the way.  This book kept my interest from start to finish, and I look forward to checking out how the story continues with the next Zomblog journal entry.

Zomblog II can be found at http://www.amazon.com/Zomblog-II-T-W-Brown/dp/0984537252/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1294071777&sr=1-1

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